The Burundian agriculture and livestock ministry on Tuesday organized a roundtable that gathered financial partners with the aim of boosting the east African country’s farming sector.

Launched by Burundian Agriculture and Livestock Minister Deo Guide Rurema, the roundtable was held in the country’s capital Bujumbura in the context of the World Food Day on Oct. 16, which will be celebrated in the country’s southern Makamba province on Oct. 19.

“We have met financial partners and stakeholders in the agriculture and livestock sector in order to discuss ways of boosting the farming sector so that the rural exodus can take an end,” said Rurema.

He said financial partners should help Burundian farmers have increased access to fertilizers and improved seeds and assist agriculturalists in irrigation.

Rurema hopes that the farming sector attracts young people so that they will stop going to towns to look for small jobs like housekeeping or doing small businesses.

“We want our youths to invest in agriculture and that is why we want our development and financial partners to help us boost the farming sector,” he said.

Burundi economy is heavily reliant on agriculture which employs 90 percent of the population, though cultivable land is extremely scarce, according to the World Bank. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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